Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips left Tuesday's 7-6 win over the San Diego Padres after hitting what turned out to be a game-winning solo home run in the seventh inning. The team said he departed with a mild left calf strain.
But afterward, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Phillips made it sound anything but mild.
“The calf is no bueno right now,” Phillips said. “To tell you the truth, I’m not going to be playing for a while. Dr. [Kremchek, Medical Director] looked at it and he said it was worse than what they expected. I didn’t know. I just knew it felt bad. I just feel like I let people down, especially because we’re in first place and the race is real close. You already have one person out, so I don’t want to be the person coming out. It just really [stinks].”
Phillips is hitting .296 with 13 home runs and 62 RBIs for the 62-41 Reds, who have the best record in the majors and are already without first baseman Joey Votto.